2001 Domaine Zind Humbrecht "Heimbourg" Riesling

SKU #1114556 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 It is stunning to see the concentration, depth, breadth, and length of the 2001 Riesling Heimbourg (indice 2), particularly when one knows it was produced from 7 year old vines. Honeyed minerals and creamed spices make up this effort’s aromatic profile. Creamy-textured, medium-bodied, and harmonious, it coats the taster’s palate with loads of sensual layers of soft minerals and poached pears. This outstanding wine should be drunk over the next 9-10 years.  (10/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A paean to terroir. Taut, dry and saturated with peach, pineapple and mineral flavors, this Riesling has an inner core of energy that reverberates on the palate through the long finish. It needs time to come together. Best from 2004 through 2012.  (8/2003)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Oily aromas of apple, ginger, minerals and wet stone. Concentrated and tactile, with an enticing gingery sweetness and solid underlying structure. The richest riesling to this point, but the wine's 12 grams of sugar are buffered by ripe acids and sheer material. Dusty, stony finish.  (12/2003)

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Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.